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Police find meth lab in car, pair arrested

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By Kristin Beck

Two Ghent residents were arrested early Saturday morning by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, after a mobile meth lab was discovered in their vehicle.

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Tina L. Meininger, 32, and Kyle D. Arvin, 33, are currently detained at the Carroll County Detention Center. Manufacturing methamphetamine is a Class B felony, punishable by 10-15 years in prison. Meininger also was charged with probation violation, no or expired registration plates and failure to register or transfer a motor vehicle.
Deputy J.T. Shaw discovered the mobile meth lab after making a routine traffic stop on Highland Avenue at 1:55 a.m., according to a news release. Shaw pulled over a vehicle in the 1500 block of Highland Avenue after learning it had expired license plates. The driver, Meininger, gave Shaw permission to search the vehicle.
After removing both occupants from the vehicle, Shaw began searching and detected a strong ammonia odor after entering the rear passenger’s side of the vehicle. The odor was strong enough to take his breath away and he deemed it to be a safety risk, according to his report. The ammonia smell is common in meth labs, and Shaw also discovered items on Arvin’s person that were indicative of a meth lab.
The Carrollton Fire Department and Kentucky State Police responded to the scene, and KSP assumed leadership of the investigation, according to the release. KSP Post 5 Public Affairs Officer Trooper Michael Webb said it is standard practice to call KSP for meth lab discoveries.
“The sheriff’s office and local police departments do not have capable training and funding to dispose properly of the hazardous materials associated with meth labs,” Webb said. “The State has a unit specifically trained for the handling and disposal of meth materials.”
He said mobile meth labs are so dangerous because the volatile and hazardous materials used to create the drug are not in their proper containers, and the occupants are breathing in the fumes in the contained space of the vehicle. “It’s like having a small chemical bomb in your vehicle,” he said. “It’s an unstable substance that at any time could blow up.”
Kinman said in the release his office will continue to receive training on methamphetamine and continue the fight against this dangerous drug. “Meth labs, whether they are in a house or in a car, are a danger to our community. Deputy Shaw did excellent police work in this case, and I am proud that he was able to get this vehicle off the roadway.”
The KSP street level detectives and the methamphetamine lab disposal unit were on scene. Carrollton Police Officer Daniel Embry also responded to the scene.